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Gluten-free shoppers to make more informed choices


By: The Food Coach

Australians with coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance will now be able to make better informed choices in the supermarket aisle, with the addition of the GlutenSwitch feature to Australia's leading food label-scanning app, FoodSwitch.

The new GlutenSwitch function provides instant information about whether a scanned product contains gluten - it also recommends alternative gluten-free items, listed by order of healthiness. At the same time, it shows consumer-friendly traffic lights for fat, saturated fat, sugars, salt and energy.

Lead researcher on the GlutenSwitch initiative at The George Institute for Global Health, Dr Elizabeth Dunford, said the new filter would empower people with coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance to make healthy food choices.

Users can scan the barcode of packaged food using their smartphone camera to receive immediate, easy to understand nutritional information on close to 40,000 Australian supermarket products, including almost 10,000 gluten-free items.

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